19 February 2018
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  • 19/02/2018 - SAUDI ARABIA

    The Saudi Ministry of Commerce made the announcement yesterday. The Saudi public prosecutor’s office has begun to hire women. After the passport department advertised 140 jobs for women, 107,000 applications were received.




    19/02/2018 - IRAN - ISRAEL

    Netanyahu terms Iran a global threat. Zarif responds: 'Cartoonish circus’


    Another battle is taking place between Israel and Iran at the International Security Conference in Munich. The Israeli premier shows the (alleged) fragment of a recently demolished Iranian drone. For Teheran, these are just attempts to distract from internal political problems. Israel's raid in Gaza in response to rocket launches from the Strip. 


    19/02/2018 - JAPAN – LEBANON

    Lebanon’s Adyan Foundation awarded the 35th Niwano Peace Prize


    The organisation’s mission is to strengthen coexistence between different groups and create the bases for solidarity between different faiths. To reach this goal, it has developed a Building Resilience and Reconciliation programme for children and educators, which offers a guide for peace and reconciliation for those affected by war in Syria.


    19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

    The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)

    by di Stefano Caprio*

    The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.


    18/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    17/02/2018 - AFGHANISTAN

    Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award


    Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the country's musical tradition. The focus on the most disadvantaged children and girls in particular. Between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban banished all forms of music. Founder: such a prestigious award "is not just an honor for me, but a great achievement for the whole country".


    17/02/2018 - EGYPT

    A cathedral dedicated to the Egyptian martyrs beheaded in Libya

    by Loula Lahham

    Three years after the massacre of the 21 young Copts, a cathedral for the "martyrs of the faith" was built and consecrated in Al Ur, in Upper Egypt. The remains of the victims, found in a cave in Sirte, after DNA testing, will be on display on the ground floor of the building. The words of the martyrs' families.


    16/02/2018 - IRAN

    Iranian intellectuals and activists push for a referendum against theocracy


    Following President Rouhani’s lead, 15 prominent Iranians demand a referendum to define the country’s constitutional future. They harshly attack the ruling clergy for denying people their freedom. The goal is overcome the Islamic regime in a peaceful manner and establish “a parliamentarian system according to democratic bases”.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


    From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.


    15/02/2018 - IRAN

    Iran environmentalist’s suicide in jail challenged


    Kavous Seyed Emami, 64, was a leading member of the Persian Wildlife Foundation. But according to the prosecution he was part of an espionage ring organised by the CIA and Mossad. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a video that ostensibly backs the suicide theory; however, some Iranian lawmakers, activists and the dead man’s family have rejected the official version.


    15/02/2018 - SYRIA

    Aid shipment arrives in besieged eastern Ghouta


    This is the first shipment of food and medicine in the last three months in the area besieged by Syrian troops. Supplies of food and medicines for about 7200 people, equal to 1440 families. The WHO sent 1.8 tons of medicines, sufficient for 10 thousand treatments. Director WFP: "Much more needed". The evacuation of 700 patients is still suspended.


    15/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests


    The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.


    15/02/2018 - INDIA

    Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'


    On February 27, the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will vote. In Nagaland, 88% of the population is Christian. The Council of Baptist Churches in Nagaland boycotts the nationalist parties and denounces violence against Christians.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope


    In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer of the Faithful are for concrete needs of the Church and of the world


    Continuing his catechesis on Mass, Francis spoke of the Creed and the Prayer of the faithful, recalling Christ’s monition: "ask and you will be given". "We do not ask for this, because we have little faith, but if we had the faith Jesus speaks of, we would have everything". It a time to ask for the important things. But "the claims of worldly logic do not rise towards Heaven, just as self-referential requests remain unheard".

     


    14/02/2018 - TURKEY

    Turkish opposition leader convicted of documenting arms trafficking to Syria


    The Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Enis Berberoglu will have to serve five years and 10 months. For the judges he provided "secret information" to a pro-opposition newspaper. His arrest comes after a massive march from Ankara to Istanbul, the most important anti-government demonstration in recent months.


    14/02/2018 - ISRAEL

    Israeli police accuse Netanyahu of corruption


    There are two cases in which the Israeli prime minister allegedly accepted  bribes and gifts. The power of attorney must decide whether to press charges. Netanyahu rejects the charges and excludes his resignation.


    14/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES-KUWAIT

    Manila, abuse and violence: 'Total ban' on Filipino workers going to Kuwait


    There are over 250 thousand Filipino workers in the Middle-Eastern country. Domestic workers are not covered by the Emirate’s labor laws. President Duterte al Kuwait: "Is there something wrong with your culture and your values?"


    14/02/2018 - RUSSIA-VATICAN

    Cooperation between Catholics and Russian Orthodox two years after the Havana meeting

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Two years ago, Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill met in the Cuban capital. At this time the common commitment to the Christian communities in the Middle East was strengthened. In Havana, both leaders used the word "genocide" to define the persecution of Christians. The optimism of Metropolitan Hilarion.


    13/02/2018 - TURKEY – CYPRUS – ITALY

    Europe and Turkey at loggerheads over Cyprus gas fields


    For several days, the Eni Saipem 12000 drill ship has been held up in the eastern Mediterranean, 50 km off the coast. Block 3 in Cyprus’s EEZ is at the heart of the controversy. The Cypriot government signed an agreement with the Italian energy giant, but Turkey wants all activity in the area stopped, insisting on its right to it.


    13/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass with Patriarch Youssef, for 'a Crucified People'


    "We offer this Mass for the people, for the suffering people, for the Christians persecuted in the Middle East, who give their lives, give their goods, their properties because they are driven away".


    12/02/2018 - LEBANON – ISLAM

    Teenagers who desecrated a statue of Our Lady required to learn the Qurʾān as punishment


    In one Surah, Mary is described as one of God’s purest creatures. This is the first time that a judge imposes a "pedagogical" sentence. Political and religious leaders praise the ruling.


    12/02/2018 - MIDEAST – UNITED STATES – RUSSIA

    As Mahmoud Abbas travels to Moscow seeking Russian support, tensions between Israel and Iran rise


    The Palestinian leader is set to meet Putin to boost ties with Russia ahead of UN Security Council meetings. For the first time Trump criticises Israel over the settlements and the failed peace process with the Palestinians. Iranian drone entered into Israel, but Tehran denies the claim. Israeli fighters carry out strikes in Syria; one is shot down.


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: patience, virtue of those who are persecuted, like Christians in the Middle East


    Unlike "defeat" and "resignation", Christian patience is the "virtue" of "those on a journey". "And when you go on a journey, many things happen that are not always good. The attitude of parents when a sick or disabled child is born, tells me so much about patience on the journey. 'But thank God he is alive!': These are the patient people".


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN – BANGLADESH

    Pope and Bangladesh leader discuss coexistence between religions and Rohingya


    The Church's contribution to the country, especially in education, was discussed. So was the government’s commitment to peaceful coexistence between the various religious communities and defence of minorities and refugees.


    12/02/2018 - IRAN

    Rouhani proposes 'a year of unity' and opens to referendum


    In celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, the president exalts the unity of the country and the constitution. The revolution was victorious when the people were united. Conservatives must allow everyone to run for election. All Iranians of all religions are revolutionaries.


    11/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


    09/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking


    "Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".






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    CHINA-VATICAN
    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


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